Hey everybody!  Has your week been crazy, too?!  Our second graders have been crazy about place value this week!  I just love teaching all the concepts that go along with this unit.  Our district has a math consultant, and we were fortunate enough to have her come to our classrooms this week.  She shared some really good ideas to reinforce place value.

First, we played "Race to 100!"  The kiddos just loved this one!  They each had a partner, a place-value mat, 2 dice, and base-ten blocks.  They took turns rolling the dice and added the sum to their place value mat each time.  The first to 100 won the game.  They love anything where they get to roll dice!

Next, they went to the carpet to hear this fabulous story:

I never thought of using this to teach place value!  I always used it to compare/contrast.  After they listened to the story, they went back to their seats to make pig houses out of the base-ten blocks.  This was a great assessment to see who could make the given number. 

Finally, they got to pick their own number and create a pig house for their number.  They had to write the number using digits and using words, since that was a skill we just learned.  I may go back and let them add expanded form to it once I have taught it. 

We then decided to make our very own even and odd street.  I have seen so many of these cute streets out in the blog world, and I just couldn't resist! 

Students had to distinguish between even and odd, and then work together to order their houses from least to greatest.

I am so excited tomorrow is Friday!  I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Tiffany @ The Lemonade Stand

Hey y'all!  We found some awesome websites with resources for the second grade Treasures reading series.  I mean they are A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!!!  I use these every.single.day!  Mrs. Gurian's webpage has resources organized by each story.  I love the word sorts, word work plans, spelling homework, and the poems she uses to teach the week's phonics rule.  She is so kind to share these with all of us teachers out here.  Click below for the link.

We also love Mr. Thompson's website.  He has some amazing SMART board lessons, vocabulary PowerPoints, and vocabulary homework.  Be sure to check him out, as well.  You can click below to be taken to his site.

I can't wait to post later this week on what we have been doing with place value!  Until then, have a great day tomorrow from Tiffany at The Lemonade Stand!

We honored those lost in the 9/11 attacks with these little firemen.  You can see the template {HERE}.  My second grade friends wrote thank you letters to firemen.  We watched a really good video, too, on Learn360.  It was a Reading Rainbow video, and it did a really great job of talking about the terrible tragedy in a kid-friendly way.

I have the Lesson Plan SOS guided reading guru packet and love it!  I got this idea from these sweet girls!   Thanks for reminding me ladies!  I use those practically everyday and went completely blank!  I just tweaked it and created my own to suit my needs.  I feel like I finally have my small guided reading groups up and going smoothly now.  Thank goodness!  I love having the students' names on post-it notes to allow for more flexible grouping.  (I should have used some cuter ones now that I'm looking at it!)  This is right behind my teacher table.
I loved The First Grade Parade's Wall of Fame idea.  I HAD to incorporate it this year.  The kiddos love it!  They love sharing all about themselves! 

 We take our weekly comprehension test and spelling test on Friday.  I use these "houses" from Oriental Traiding.  I don't think they will make it another year.  I would L.O.V.E. to get some from Lakeshore.   These are really great for keeping down the distractions.  {Not sure what that weird glow is up in the corner?!}

My good friend Emily did this really great writer's workshop lesson for us on Friday.  She is one of our Title I, school-wide teachers at our school, and she comes in my room everyday to provide reading intervention.  This lesson was all about how to form a sentence.  She talked about how all sentences need a naming part (noun) and a telling part (verb).  They got so into it!  They got to form their own sentences at the end on sentence strips (with markers...their absolute faves!!!)!  Thanks Mrs. Emily!

This is a really great app; I recommend it if you have an iPad.  It is called Teacher's Assistant.  You can enter your students' names and document anything!  I use it for behavior.  You can even e-mail your notes to their parents.  This is a great resource to pull out at parent teacher conferences!

I hope you all have a fabulous week!  Happy Teaching from Tiffany at The Lemonade Stand!!!

Ok ladies and gentleman.......I am trying so hard to get the hang of this embedding files on Google docs. I think I've almost got it. So... I have created a number bonds activity packet for anyone to use. I also took better pics! These pics show a little better how the students use them in my class.

 This is a number bond  bracelet being used with our enVision math.  Making a worksheet into a manipulative!
Check out my parts of nine!

Here's my activity packets for center time.....Three in different colors and small envelopes.

Use the numbers to create parts of a whole and show it with your number bond bracelet.

Use center activity with the practice sheet.

Number Bond Packet        The packet would not format totally right.  The sheets are perfect but with a lot of extra nonsense..... Print page numbers----- i'm very aggrivated about this!!! Sorry! It works and looks fine on my end... throught gooogle docs it loses a little integrity!!!    
Hope this helps---- Holly    only ONE of the Lemonade Stand Teachers
We have been making number bond bracelets in 1st grade! They are so easy to make and they really help students learn whole number and a numbers' parts. What you need: chenille sticks (pipe cleaners)
A big bucket of beads.... and that's it!!
 Pick a number... in Envision math 1st grade starts at 6 and goes to 9. Sooo, we started with six beads all the same color. (they got to choose what color beads-but as a class we used white sticks for 6, red sticks for 7, green for 8 and blue sticks for 9- this is so I can say "pick up your six number bond bracelet, the white bracelet" and it's fast and easy!) 
 Once the bracelet is beaded.. just twist the ends together and you have the perfect concrete example of whole numbers and their parts!!!

 Students are asked to find two parts of a number. They pull the beads a"part" to get all the combinations of a given number. This is such great practice and is the best visual I've ever used!!!
Who doesn't love making bracelets?!!! They beg to get them out and make parts or numbers and it was priceless to see the light bulb go off---- I had comments like......   "OH.. that's how 4 and 4 make eight!!" "6 and 2 make eight-- i can see it!" "What else can I make?" "Look..... I just made 6 using 2 three's!"  and the best yet...... "Look I can make 6 using three groups of two!"

I learned this at a singapore math conference and I am soooo glad I am using it now!!!
I'll include the number bond sheet we are using with the bracelets so you can use it too!!!!

Happy number building and decomposing from Holly one of The Lemonade Stand Teachers :)
So, it has been a crazy week!  Tennessee adopted a new evaluation model this year, and my first observation was this past week.  I decided to do my lesson on main idea.  We have been finding the main idea in Treasures for the past two weeks.  Main idea is such a difficult thing for our little ones to get the hang of.  Here are some of the things we did this week in covering main idea:

We made anchor charts in which we discussed the main idea and supporting details.

We watched a really cute movie on BrainPop Jr about how to find the main idea in text.  This one really got their attention.  They love BrainPop!

I had my second graders trace their hands on construction paper and cut them out.  They put the supporting details on their fingers and the main idea on the palm of their hand.

This is a main idea mobile I made.  The main idea is at the top and the supporting details hang off the bottom.

We also incorporated Cara's Brown Bag Book Club idea.  I could not believe how well this went!  They were so into it!  I gave them prompts to also discuss about their weekly story.  They actually stayed on task and discussed the story.  {The popcorn incentive helped a little, too!}  This is a great review for the weekly comprehension test.  I think I will try to do this every week.  Thanks for the idea Cara!

Sunday is Grandparents Day, but our school will celebrate on Friday.  We invite all grandparents in for breakfast with their grandchildren that morning.  Last year, I had students write a letter to their grandparents and had it on their desks when the grandparents came in.  Second grade also put on a performance for them, singing some of our morning meeting songs and "Fifty Nifty United States."  This year, we are not doing a program, but I need some ideas on what to do instead.  I have included a free copy of the letter I am using, but I need something else, too.  If any of you awesome teacher bloggers have some great ideas, please let me know!  Thanks everybody!

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I'll post my pizza unit on sequencing as soon as i'm finished tweeking it!!! It's based on the book Pete's a Pizza by William Steig.
Pete's a PizzaPete's a Pizza    snag your own copy hereand be ready for the unit!!!       
Have a great holiday and happy game hunting from The Lemonade Stand Teachers